Lets get this New Year off right! Affirmations are statements that define your present moment and have the power to shape your present reality. Words are powerful and to see just how powerful they are, for the next 30 days I want to help empower your choice by challenging you to pick an affirmation that best describes and helps encourage your move toward achieving your New Year Resolution. For example, if your goal is to eat healthy or perhaps save money, using a short and direct affirmation like “I make smart choices” will help empower your choice in the moment. The challenge is not in creating the affirmation, but in using it when you feel most vulnerable in making a choice against your dreams. Below are a list of affirmations and a 30DayChallenge sheet to help get you started in pushing forward on your journey!
We all have them and we all make them, many times we over look them. But how often do we think about our daily choices as being important, of value or even as a reflection of who we are?
Everyday we have the opportunity to make choices. From the moment we wake to the moment we lay ourselves down to sleep, we spend our entire day in charge of making choices. Some as easy or difficult as what to wear, what to eat, where to sit, who to talk to or even flash a flirty smile to. Who your friends are, who you date and even where you work. Whether it’s a choice you like or not, truth is, it is still a choice.
Are you living a life you truly love? Can you lay your head down to rest peacefully and content with most of the choices you made in the day, without regrets? Are you living a life that you love or fumbling around just settling?
Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it. - Hardy D.Jackson
So many times in life we drift off to that fair away place that take us from reality and into a place I often visit into a world called dreams. And it is often it’s said, that there are two types of people in this world, “those that dream and those that live out their dreams”.
As I think about dreams and what’s possible and believe me, that list is endless, I immediately think about my list of to do’s and what I believe would be best for me in moving me further on this journey. Sharing and exchanging these thoughts with my beloved, it dawn on me…
“It’s not what we have to start doing that matters as much as what we have to stop doing.”
As I began to become aware of my habits and my daily activity, it became visible of the stand still moments I could and would want to embrace differently. So how do you go about doing something different? Here is what I came up with.
There is something special and so on point with Nike’s slogan “Just do it” and I’m sure we can come up with a bunch of reasons why it makes sense. But the one I want to share with you today has to do with energy.
Einstein shared with us that “everything is energy and that’s all there is to it” Energy also plays a large role in what moves us and gives us the motivation to take action. The best part of energy, is that we are never without it, even when you feel low on energy, it’s still there. The most important thing to keep in mind is what’s fueling your energy. I’ll share more on raising energy in another post, but for now I’d like to focus on that little tiny bit of energy that tells you to take action.
Who knew making your bed could aid in productivity, peace and happiness? Prior to this, I’m not so sure I could say making my bed ever left me feeling happy, but after reading this article from Apartment Therapy it definitely left me feeling a bit more inspired, intrigued and after today, a believer!
From (Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit” )According to Duhigg, making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity and stronger skills at sticking with a budget. It has also been suggested that making your bed boosts happiness. My interest was piqued. Happiness? Yes, I’ll take it. Productivity? Yep, I’ll take that too. Sticking to a budget? Sounds good to me.
Gretchen Rubin, author of the bestselling book “The Happiness Project”, explains that making the bed was “the number one most impactful change that people brought up over and over” as she researched her book on inspiring happiness. Can an act that takes three minutes (yes, I timed it) really make that much of a difference in your life?
Apparently, making your bed (and other feel-good tasks like exercising and cooking your own food) is something called a keystone habit. Keystone habits are those routines that, if you can identify them, spill over to other habits. According to Duhigg, changing or cultivating keystone habits “helps other habits to flourish by creating new structures, and they establish cultures where change becomes contagious.” A keystone habit is essentially a catalyst for other good habits.
To read the entire article click this here and enjoy.
Sitting here in an all too familiar place. And by familiar place, I mean starting over. No matter what the situation is, we’ve all had our turn and experiences at starting over. It’s normal and sometimes necessary. It can be scary or it can be exciting, either way, I’m not so sure I can say it will be easy, but if done with purpose it can be worth it and I’m definitely up for that! I’m a true believer that as long as we keep moving forward, we are guaranteed a few thing; 1. It will get better, 2. We will learn something new about ourselves and life, and 3. Improvements never hurt anyone! Below I’ve listed three key things to keep in mind when pushing forward.
How to make the transition easier…